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The leaders of the battlefield preservation movement

Carefully examine every depiction of a Civil War battle scene, and you will find them. In nearly every written account of combat, from small skirmishers to history-changing battles, their valor and sacrifices are prominently recounted and forever remembered. Soldiers, North and South, fought—and often died—for the honor to be one: The Color Bearer. 

 

Renew as a Color Bearer

On the battlefields of the American Civil War, no other symbol matched the influence of “the colors”—the unit, state and national flags—under which the men marched, fought and fell. Often the colors were the only indication of the success or failure of a battlefield movement visible to a soldier. Contemporary letters and official reports tell us that every man in the ranks kept watch on those magnificent banners.

The Civil War Trust exists to identify and preserve, for all time, the battlefields of our American Civil War. We do this so that all Americans now and in the future, may continue to learn of the sacrifices made to secure democracy and individual freedoms. Unfortunately, these sacred battlefields are rapidly disappearing under the relentless wave of urban sprawl. To stem this tide of destruction, the Civil War Trust issues an urgent call for volunteers —individuals, corporations and foundations—to join a prominent league of supporters: The Color Bearer.

Color Bearer Membership Levels

Each successive level of support enjoys all benefits of the previous levels.

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Regimental Color Bearer - $1000 ($84/month)

 

  • Receive invitations to exclusive historian-led battlefield tours, including a specially selected tour in conjunction with the annual conference.
  • Receive invitations to exclusive Donor Thank You Weekend in spring.
  • Receive special recognition in printed materials at the Annual Conference.
  • Name is listed on the annual “Roll Call of Honor” in Hallowed Ground.
  • Receive invitation to an exclusive “Author’s Dinner” with a noted Civil War author or historian at the annual conference.
  • Full donation is tax deductible, if you don't take advantage of the benefits offered.*
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Brigade Color Bearer - $2500 ($209/month)

 

  • Receive an invitation to The Grand Review, an annual, intimate gathering to be held at a unique Civil War-related site, with appropriate recognition in the event program.
  • Full donation is tax deductible, if you don't take advantage of the benefits offered.*
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Division Color Bearer - $5000 ($417/month)

 

  • Division Color Bearers will have annual conference fees waived for yourself and one guest.
  • Full donation is tax deductible, if you don't take advantage of the benefits offered.*
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Corps Color Bearers - $10000 ($834/month)

 

  • Upon request, receive personal genealogical research services to identify your Civil War ancestors.
  • Corps Color Bearers will also have annual conference fees waived for yourself and three additional guests.
  • Full donation is tax deductible, if you don't take advantage of the benefits offered.*
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National Color Bearer - $25000 ($2084/month)

 

  • Upon request, offered a personal tour for you and up to four guests at the Civil War battlefield of your choice.
  • National Color Bearers will also have annual conference fees waived for yourself and four additional guests.
  • Full donation is tax deductible, if you don't take advantage of the benefits offered.*

Tax Deduction Information

*Full membership donation is tax deductible, if you don't take advantage of the benefits offered. For your convenience, please review our 2015–2016 Color Bearers tax deduction information page for more details.

 

Membership Benefits

Hallowed Ground Magazine

Quarterly Hallowed Ground Magazine

Your Civil War Trust membership includes an annual subscription to our award-winning magazine. Each issue of Hallowed Ground is packed with Civil War history from the finest authors and information on Trust activities.

More Benefits Include

  • 10-12 high quality Civil War Trust battlefield maps per year, with monthly opportunities to save hallowed ground.
  • Monthly e-Newsletter to help you stay on top of all the latest battlefield preservation news.
  • Invitation to our Civil War Trust Annual Conference for members, featuring tours of Civil War battlefields with noted historians, interesting lectures on Civil War topics, book signings and more.
  • Rental car discounts.

 

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